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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

when a child is hurt

corrupted

tortured

beaten

broken

forced to watch

as those around her die

she gets carted off

and those who don’t exist

become solid

and creatures of the night

become allies

become crutches

become a beacon of hope

and hone her flaws

fear

terror

heartache

love

and turn them into weapons

swords

daggers

poisons

and that a flicker of a smile

aimed in the right direction

can divulge secrets

force hands

and become the killing blow

and allies become enemies

friends die

love is lost

and those seen from a distance

come to the foreground

and are ripped away

it begs the question

what has the world come to

when children become

warriors

soldiers

assassins

and fade into the shadows

to appear

with the wolf and the cat

by her side

only

when the horrors

of the living

need their flames

extinguished

 

1 comment

eriinfisher

I love these type of reviews that are creative pieces! Give a whole new edge to what reviewing is really about!

1st May, 18